Amherst News-Times, 2001-06-06
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St. Joseph's wins vehicle — Page 5| Special graduation section — Pages 11 1 ; 1 Amherst News-Time Wednesday, June 6. 2001 Amherst, Ohio Graduates told to 'shoot for the stars' '-' <"• C X *"* ,C H H I T S < X H - rt h rj c-i o 3. r -3 — w 5> < **l -v PJ "> G> M H -3 B 7 by YVONNE GAY News-Times reporter Students in the graduating class of 2001 from Marion L. Steele High School were encouraged to shoot for the stars during Sunday's commencement ceremony as parents, friends and relatives cheered. "Graduation day is always emotional for me," superintendent Robert Boynton told members of the audience who had filled the Palace Theatre in Lorain on the cloudy afternoon. "It's a day of reflection, remembering, and a day of sadness because we must say goodbye." As Boynton continued his speech, he also encouraged graduating seniors to thank those people in their lives who have touched them, before leaving them with a few words of advice. "Work hard, nothing in this world worth having comes easy. Be yourself, and do the right thing," he said. "I wish you joy and happiness, and most importantly good health." Sunday marked the end of more than 1,600 hours students had spent in school throughout their academic years. It also marked the end of principal Fred Holland's career and that of music director Randy Border. It was a day of reflection and new beginnings. "This class is filled with genuinely nice kids," Holland said. "I can't think of a better group of people to (end my career with)...Work hard, be nice and have fun throughout your lives." Before he and fellow colleagues distributed diplomas to the 286 students on stage, Holland pointed out several accomplishments this year's class will be remembered for, and marked those successes as "tremendous achievements." Among their many achievements Holland said, this year's class included 10 national merit award winners, four national merit finalists, two All-Americans and five All- Ohioans. He also pointed out that students were responsible for helping raise $25,000 for Wigs for Kids, and were awarded more than $13 million in scholarships. "Don't be afraid to step out into the world," class valedictorian Gretchen Zsebik told fellow stu- CONTINUED on page 6 ds Seniors at Marion L. Steele High School enjoy the traditional cap toss in the air Lorain, after graduating Sunday, as well as greeting their classmates outside the Palace in J Class of '31 first to 'wear' tradition For many seniors leaving Marion L. Steele High School Sunday, their ceremony wouldn't have been complete without the tried and true cap and gown. Sure, many graduates fussed over the "uncomfortable" flat caps, and expressed displeasure toward the long, lightweight gown, but in all many donned the outfit with dignity and pride. However, this graduating class was probably no different from students graduating from Amherst High School 70 years ago. For many seniors who were introduced to the cap and gown concept at the high school in 1931. the outfit was not exactly a welcome addition. "My recollection is that we had mixed feelings about the decision to have the caps and gowns," Valerie Gerstenberger. a local Class of 1931 graduate explained. "At first it was a great disappointment to the -oris who would be cheated out of a new while dress that was standard apparel for high school graduation ceremonies." To take a closer look at the history of the cap and gown, Ohioans need to look ao nattier than their own back yard. The I-ratcrnal Supply Company, formerly known as CE. Ward Company in New London, Ohio, which was also known as "The Robe Capital of the WoM* tmm co*pssry began aps ml gowns hi 1927, and supplied much of the area. The company has gone through several changes over the years and the cap and gown department was eventually purchased by Oak Hall Cap A Gown in Salem, Vs., in 1982. Since that time the company underwent a name change and refocussed its business to fraternal regalia. According to Keith Bailey, who has been with the FSC for more than 20 yean, the gowns were originally modeled after college institutions. The colleges modeled their gowns after universities and robes of dukes and earls in Europe and England," Bailey explained. According to Gersteaberger, her graduating class was the first to wear the now traditional cap and gown. Yean before that, graduating young giils were expected to wear a crisp new white dress, while the boys donned tidy suits. According to Gentenberger. just before graditttion day MriffTtf had their body measurements taken, and later inailed -hem to C£. Ward. While students waited for their $3 rentals to arrive many tried to convince themselves that they "would look just like college graduates." That is, until the eoSor arrived — grey. "•Why coaMa't they ha CONTINUED en page I Valeria «X1 Mrgar, ngre, ana test njgn tc •as Of ant am *UT*nerB| npi tha now tra-JUonal cap em Hospice residents 'served' by Shupe students who care by YVONNE GAY News-Times reporter Kathy Schieferstein, a sixth-grade teacher at Shupe Middle School, cried all day last Wednesday. "I am so proud of them," Schieferstein said, her voice still brimming with admiration. "They really worked They helped each other. They knew what they had to do and they did it. I think they're all very special." Earlier that day Schieferstein, along with teachers Cindy Fox and Lisa Harcula and 54 sixth-grade students armed with flowers and shovels, boarded a bus and headed to the New Life Hospice Residential Center in Lorain. The trip was the result of the middle school's Points of Life exercise, a year-long educational program that encouraged students to choose a different characteristic each month. In December, students at the middle school chose "compassion," and ended ;ip helping needy families throughout the area. This month, the word was "service," and students wasted no time deciding what they wanted to da "My grandfather passed away one year ago today and I stayed with him," Schieferstein explained. "Something at the hospice was spe- cisL I've Joseph offers a homelike atmosphere that provides acute inpatient care, respite care and residential care. The 13 room center is staffed by hospice nurses and personnel 24 hours a day. As she volunteered every Thursday, Schieferstein said she shared some of her experiences about the hospice with her students and discovered she had something in common with her young pupils. "What I discovered was that many of the kids fell comfortabk talking about death," the sixth-grade teacher said. "Some kids had relatives at the hospice, and many of the students weren't afraid of death...So, when (service month) rolled around everyone said right away that they wanted to do something for the hospice." After calling the center, Schieferstein said weeding was suggested, ao she took that idea back to the classroom and U blossomed iato an entire landscaping project. 1 asked the students how we were going to raise the atoaey for the plants, and I suggested placing a can in the class room sad taking kids to put money ia it when *hey got the chance," she They wanted to do a the car bring in ■*- ■a However, fearful wash alone would New Life Hospice Canter of St gested a bate mm to CONTINUED <M —-
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-06-06|
|Date of Original||06-JUN-2001|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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